Shufeldt, Robert Wilson, 1822-1895

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Naval officer, explorer, and diplomat.

From the description of Papers of Robert Wilson Shufeldt, 1836-1910 (bulk 1860-1880). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71060443

Biographical Note

  • 1822, Feb. 21: Born, Red Hook, N.Y.
  • 1839: Appointed midshipman in the U.S. Navy
  • 1839 - 1840 : Duty in USS United States, Home Squadron
  • 1840 - 1841 : Duty in USS Potomac, Brazil Squadron
  • 1841 - 1842 : Duty in USS Marion, Brazil Squadron
  • 1842 - 1843 : Duty in USS Bainbridge, Home Squadron
  • 1843 - 1844 : Duty in USS Potomac, Home Squadron
  • 1844 - 1845 : Duty at the Naval School, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1845: Promoted to passed midshipman
  • 1845 - 1846 : Coast survey duty
  • 1846: Duty in USS United States, Africa Squadron
  • 1846 - 1848 : Duty in USS Marion, Africa and Mediterranean Squadrons
  • 1847: Married Sarah Hutchins Abercrombie (died 1871)
  • 1849: Duty in USS Morris
  • 1850 - 1851 : Duty in USS Atlantic
  • 1851: Duty in USS Georgia
  • 1851 - 1854 : On leave from the navy
  • 1854: Commissioned lieutenant Resigned from the navy
  • 1854 - 1856 : Chief officer, Collins Steamship Line
  • 1856 - 1861 : Commanded commercial ships and helped survey the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Mexico)
  • 1861 - 1863 : Consul general, Havana, Cuba 1862 Served on a mission to Mexico
  • 1863: Commissioned commander Commanded USS Conemaugh, South Atlantic Blockade Squadron
  • 1863 - 1865 : Commanded USS Proteus, East Gulf Squadron
  • 1865 - 1866 : Commanded USS Hartford, East India Squadron
  • 1866 - 1868 : Commanded USS Wachusett, East India-Asiatic Squadron
  • 1868: Ordnance duty, New York Navy Yard
  • 1868 - 1869 : Commanded New York Naval Rendezvous
  • 1869 - 1870 : Commanded USS Minantonomoh
  • 1870: Promoted to captain Ordnance duty, Portsmouth Navy Yard
  • 1870 - 1871 : Commanded Tehuantepec (Mexico) Survey Expedition
  • 1871 - 1872 : Commanded USS Wabash, European Squadron
  • 1872 - 1873 : Commanded USS Plymouth, European Squadron
  • 1873 - 1875 : Executive officer, New York Navy Yard
  • 1875 - 1878 : Chief of the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting
  • 1878 - 1880 : Commanded USS Ticonderoga on a world cruise sponsored by the Department of the Navy and Department of State
  • 1881: Naval attaché, Peking, China
  • 1882 - 1884 : President, Naval Advisory Board
  • 1883 - 1884 : Superintendent, Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C
  • 1884: Promoted to rear admiral Retired from the navy
  • 1889: Declined post of U.S. minister to China
  • 1895, Nov. 6: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Robert Wilson Shufeldt Papers, 1836-1910, (bulk 1860-1880), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Willie Person Mangum Papers, 1771-1906, (bulk 1771-1868) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Shufeldt, Robert Wilson, 1822-1895. Papers of Robert Wilson Shufeldt, 1836-1910 (bulk 1860-1880). Library of Congress
creatorOf Robert Wilson Shufeldt correspondence, 1871-1873 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Mangum, Willie Person, 1792-1861. Papers of Willie Person Mangum, 1771-1906. Library of Congress
referencedIn William Woodville Rockhill papers, 1826-1941. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Rowan, Stephen C. (Stephen Clegg), 1808-1890. Papers of Stephen C. Rowan, 1826-1890 (bulk 1841-1870). Library of Congress
referencedIn Baker, Charles H. Letterbook, 1871-1879. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
creatorOf Robert Wilson Shufeldt Papers, 1836-1910, (bulk 1860-1880) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn John Anthony Quitman papers, 1833-1858 (inclusive) 1847-1858 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Stephen C. Rowan Papers, 1826-1890, (bulk 1841-1870) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
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associatedWith Atkinson, Edward, 1827-1905. person
associatedWith Bache, A. D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867. person
associatedWith Baker, Charles H. person
associatedWith Bancroft, George, 1800-1891. person
associatedWith Bell, Henry Haywood, 1808-1868. person
associatedWith Bradford, William, 1823-1892. person
associatedWith Carpenter, Cyrus Clay, 1829-1898. person
associatedWith Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard, 1809-1870. person
associatedWith Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870. person
associatedWith Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. person
associatedWith Hargous, P. A. (Peter A.) person
associatedWith Henshaw, David, 1791-1852. person
associatedWith Hopkins, Alfred. person
associatedWith Hopkins, Alfred. person
associatedWith Jenkins, Thornton A. (Thornton Alexander), 1811-1893. person
associatedWith Li, Hongzhang, 1823-1901. person
associatedWith Mackenzie, William Slidell. person
associatedWith Mackenzie, William Slidell. person
associatedWith Mangum, Willie Person, 1792-1861. person
associatedWith Masuki, M. Konde. person
associatedWith Masuki, M. Konde. person
associatedWith Plymouth (Sloop of war) corporateBody
associatedWith Quitman, John Anthony. person
correspondedWith Rockhill, William Woodville, 1854-1914 person
correspondedWith Rowan, Stephen C. (Stephen Clegg), 1808-1890. person
associatedWith Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872. person
associatedWith Shufeldt, Mary Miller. person
associatedWith Shufeldt, Mary Miller. person
associatedWith Shufeldt, Mason A. person
associatedWith Shufeldt, Mason A. person
associatedWith Smith, Truman, 1791-1884. person
associatedWith Stevens, Benjamin Franklin, 1833-1902. person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Ticonderoga (Sloop of war) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy corporateBody
associatedWith Walker, John Grimes, 1835-1907. person
associatedWith Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. person
associatedWith Wolf, John N. person
associatedWith Wolf, John N. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Africa
Africa
Asia
Cuba
United States
Asia
Cuba
United States
Mexico
Mexico
Subject
Diplomatic and consular service, American--Cuba
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Occupation
Explorers
Naval officers
Diplomats
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Birth 1822

Death 1895

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